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Manos: The Hands of Fate

Published 1966
Topics Horror

Classic low budget horror about a family getting lost and stumbling upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.

Run time 1:08:40
Producer Harold P. Warren
Audio/Visual MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 160Kbps, Color 720x480 29.97fps 1488Kbps


Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2011
Subject: This is your brain on drugs
Was this flick the result of monumental incompetence or bad drugs? I can't believe it wasn't both. Anything you might imagine could be wrong with a movie is wrong with this one, plus much, much more. Beyond bad it is excruciatingly bad, and just when you think it couldn't possibly get any worse, it falls off another cliff. Anyone who claims Ed Wood is the world's worst director should be condemned to watch this cinematic catastrophe a dozen times. Nevertheless it grudgingly gets three stars because it does provide some entertainment in the form of sick fascination, and the spastic caretaker, Torgo, is hilarious - unintentionally of course.
Reviewer: DoctorBotanus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2011
Subject: A New Cult Classic
This movie anticipates all those lost on the road pictures from the 70's like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pigs, The Hills Have Eyes and Eaten Alive
but with a Satanic Cult thrown into the mix.
The villain called "The Master" is a dead ringer for Anton Zandor LeVey the author of the satanic bible and his henchman "Torgo" is deformed and twisted like a real life satyr. A very low budget effort but worth seeing at least once.
Reviewer: vampirehunter42 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2010
Subject: Yes another one
Dude, it is being made by big fans of the movie. The guy who will play Torgo, goes to Comic-con as him. And it is also being made in the same flavor as the first. It will be a 'made to be a B-movie' movie. It ought to be great.

I guess movies like this are like beatnik art. You have to get it to like it.
Reviewer: jjuenger - - July 15, 2010
I just read that this so-called "movie" is going to have a sequel that will start shooting in 2011 and be released in 2013. While it can't be any worse than the first, I wonder what the producers of "Manos: The Search For Valley Lodge" are thinking. I guess Hollywood really is running out of ideas.
Reviewer: Katusekino | Rooftop Cinema - - June 23, 2010
Subject: Urgent Help requested
Dear uploader of this cult classic,

Writing to you with request for help in our Rooftop Cinema project.

We plan to screen this cult flick under Z-Movies Retrospective in July 2010 in the summer outdoor cinema in Tallinn, Estonia.

As we have w20m x h13m outdoor cinema screen and 15000 ANSI digital Christies projector we would need maximum quality from the screened filmĀ“s digital file. The current mpeg file most likely remains little lo-fi for our resolution capacity.

We would like to request from the uploader of this movie to Internet Archive if it would be possible to provide us with UNCOMPRESSED AVI or QUICKTIME FILE as high quality video as possible?

If you would be able to share the file, please contact me directly: aivar [at] or skype aivarlaan

Looking for any feedback as soon as possible,

Thank you very much in advance,
best rgds,

Aivar Laan
Program Director | Partner
Rooftop Cinema
Reviewer: cosmico - - May 11, 2010
Subject: Manos
At least somebody had the balls to put their money where their mouth is and make this film! No, I don't like it very much, but I do respect the energy and work involved in the making of it (especially after watching the documentary Hotel Torgo), so I'll save all my snark for big budget bullshit that has no Lord of the Rings, Superman Returns, or Avatar.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - May 11, 2010
Subject: Thanks skybandit
Just finished watching the Hotel Torgo documentary, and enjoyed it. Don't think I'll ever watch Manos: The Hands of Fate without the MST3K treatment though. It's one painfully bad film, worse than The Beast of Yucca Flats.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavorite - May 10, 2010
Subject: bad bad bad
not so good
Reviewer: salt4pepper - favorite - October 1, 2009
Subject: The pain!
I don't know whether to thank the submitter or put a hit out on him/her. This was the first time I've seen it without Joel and the 'bots for "company", and the experience was too much for words. I cried, out of pain and sympathy (for Mr. Warren and Torgo), and laughed (mostly at Torgo).

Seriously though, my "really really bad movie" collection wasn't complete until now. I really think this one tops Plan 9 for the Golden Turkey. I cannot in good concience give this one 5 stars (but I want to for the sheer entertainment value). If you watch this and you haven't seen the MST version, may God have mercy on you.
Reviewer: skybandit - - September 5, 2009
Subject: Not really a review...
Fans of this film may want to Google "Hotel Torgo," a documentary about the making of "Manos" starring the boy who was making out with the girl in the convertable.
Reviewer: glen20 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2009
Subject: So bad it's good!
Made on a bet, this is amateurish film is pure gold for bad film fans. Other may find it near unwatchable. The wikipedia page on this film is well worth reading.
Reviewer: DJason - favorite - August 11, 2009
Subject: It's that bad. No, it's worse
This movie was made infamous by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (it was the only movie so bad that both mads actually apologized to Joel and the bots for just how bad it was), and the entire movie can be summed up by one of the quips tossed at it.

Joel and the bots had been warned -- at some length -- how bad Manos would be. When the movie starts, it goes on for a bit, and Tom Servo remarks: "Hey, this isn't so bad. What are we, about thirty minutes into the movie?"

Joel: "More like thirty seconds."

Tom Servo (in stunned disbelief): "....No!"

It just goes on... and on... and on... and on...

(And the hands never push him over, either.)
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